The most recent Covid 19 measures to curb the spread of the virus

  1. Garda checkpoints will be set up outside airports and ports to stop non-essential travel, with increased fines for those leaving for non-essential purposes – including an increased fine over the €100 currently in place. It is understood that this could be increased to €250. Checkpoints will also check for returning holidaymakers.
  2. Mandatory hotel quarantine for all arrivals from South Africa and Brazil for at least five and up to 14 days at a state-designated hotel if they test positive on day five. All mandatory quarantine will be at the traveller’s expense.
  3. The introduction of much stricter sanctions for breach of the five-kilometre rule to stop people flying. This will include fines for those who try to go abroad for non-essential reasons.
  4. Mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days as well as a fine of up to €2,500 or up to six months in prison for those arriving into the country who don’t have a negative PCR test to address a loophole that allowed authorities punish people, but not to stop them entering the state.
  5. A temporary suspension on all visa-free short-term travel for those coming from South Africa and South America.
  6. Antigen testing at motorway services areas close to Dublin Port and Rosslare for hauliers travelling to France from Thursday.
  7. Strengthening the passenger locator form with more questions asked and more follow-ups after a person arrives in the country, as well as new fines for breaches of the form.